Touchbar keyboard for iMac

TwoBytes

macrumors 68030
Original poster
Jun 2, 2008
2,727
1,548
Who wants one?

I'm sure they will release one. Will probably be a year..

I'd like the touchbar at the bottom though as the top is a bit of a stretch.
 

6AL5

macrumors member
Oct 24, 2015
50
6
Who wants one?

I'm sure they will release one. Will probably be a year..

I'd like the touchbar at the bottom though as the top is a bit of a stretch.
I would be impressed if the whole keyboard was OLED and touch enabled........
 

tyche

macrumors 6502
Jul 30, 2010
411
62
Not me. I don't look at my keyboard and I'm too old and stubborn to change that. Why would I want to learn an ever changing function key layout for every app in focus. We will soon see how easy and responsive the touch is.
 

xgman

macrumors 603
Aug 6, 2007
5,054
838
I think we will wait till the new imac is out to see the keyboard. Disappointing,
 

robertpetry

macrumors 6502
Feb 12, 2009
431
77
Indianapolis, IN
My guess is it will be a magic keyboard with a touch bar on top that comes with a new iMac. We will likely see it in April the earliest or more likely WWDC in early June. Or they may even make us wait until next October.

My source for this? My deep-seated confidence in my own ability to make guesses about stuff and be right. Lol
 

59Burst

macrumors member
Jul 14, 2014
49
56
Texas
It looked pretty cool in the demos but I bet it gets annoying looking down and reaching over your keyboard continually. Not for me.
 

Krevnik

macrumors 68040
Sep 8, 2003
3,529
804
My guess is it will be a magic keyboard with a touch bar on top that comes with a new iMac. We will likely see it in April the earliest or more likely WWDC in early June. Or they may even make us wait until next October.

My source for this? My deep-seated confidence in my own ability to make guesses about stuff and be right. Lol
I would agree, if it wasn't for the fact that the touch bar looks like a generic display (it can do custom controls for Final Cut and Photos). That's not going to be friendly to Bluetooth bandwidth. Nor battery.

Hell, I might actually want one. But the reality is that I'm not entirely sure the wireless tech is *quite* where it needs to be for this yet. And I am also a bit curious if Apple would go back to wired to make this work. A laptop makes the most sense since the keyboard is integrated, so you can sip from a larger battery, and not worry about bandwidth/latency to the display.
 

DakotaGuy

macrumors 601
Jan 14, 2002
4,044
3,342
South Dakota, USA
You'll never see this. The LED panel would suck way too much battery and there is no way Apple is going to introduce a new wired keyboard when they hate wires. You'd be charging the thing all the time.
 

maflynn

Moderator
Staff member
May 3, 2009
66,811
33,782
Boston
I was impressed with the demo, initially I thought it was really superfluous and unnecessary but seeing it in action I was thinking it could be useful.
 

subjonas

macrumors 68030
Feb 10, 2014
2,657
2,386
My guess is it will be a magic keyboard with a touch bar on top that comes with a new iMac. We will likely see it in April the earliest or more likely WWDC in early June. Or they may even make us wait until next October.
I'm leaning toward agreeing with this, but my guess is spring. I think Apple would like to roll out this new input method to all Macs as soon as possible. With Kaby Lake already out, I think iMac will probably get a refresh early next year, which seems like the best time to bring out the new keyboard with touchbar.
 

Traverse

macrumors 604
Mar 11, 2013
6,898
3,136
Here
They'd need to redesign the keyboard. The silver aluminum and white keys would clash with the black bar.
 

ndolebay

macrumors member
Apr 8, 2014
97
47
Head up, head down, head up, head down, Apple will break our necks in two months by touch bar. :)

Especially the 27" screen users.
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.